I am asking the question in all seriousness because I expect to have a master’s degree in instructional technology in December.
To my thinking, the role of an instructional technologist usually includes the following:
- Working with teachers to integrate technology.
- Helping teachers and students learn how to use technology such as computers, cameras, digital audio equipment, software, interactive white boards, projectors, and the like.
- Maintaining the school’s network (not sure I agree this is the role of an instructional technologist, but often falls to them by default).
- Keeping the administration and faculty abreast of trends in technology.
- Offering technology professional development to faculty.
- Teaching technology-related courses.
- Researching and purchasing technological equipment and software for the school.
- Monitoring use of technology by students, and in some cases, faculty (policing acceptable use).
What would you add to this list? Take off?